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Graduate School Resources for Master's Students

Graduate School Workshop Series for Master’s Students

See what other master's students gained from the workshops:

Each semester, The Graduate School offers several workshops specifically designed for students in the school’s research master’s programs as part of the Professional Development Series. Master’s students are also welcome at most other events offered as part of the Professional Development Series.

An Introduction to Your Professional Development at Duke: A Workshop for Master’s Students
Thursday, January 10, 2019, 12:00 pm to 1:30 pm
Whether you’re a new master's student or about to finish your program, this workshop will help you familiarize yourself with the career and professional development resources, programs, and opportunities available at Duke and beyond. More information

Advanced Time Management
Monday, January 14, 2019, 12:00 pm to 1:30 pm
This workshop will equip you with strategies to understand your strengths in managing short- and long-term goals. You will also learn ways to build new habits and break with old ones to ensure your success. More information

Pump Up Your Professionalism
Tuesday, January 15, 2019, 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm
Come to a fun, interactive and intimate session led by Certified Etiquette Trainer (CET) Ms. Sharon Hill. Learn essential networking skills such as the power of a handshake, the magic of eye contact, the secrets of small talk, and how to give and receive a business card. More information

Improving Your Presentation Presence
Wednesday, January 30, 2019, 12:00 pm to 1:30 pm
You spend a great deal of time preparing your presentation visuals and talking points. Do you invest the same preparation in your presentation presence--that is, the nonverbal components of your presentation like vocal quality, movement, and eye contact? In this interactive workshop, you'll learn strategies for projecting an effective presentation presence from Joy Javits, President of In the Public Eye: Effective Communication. More information

Showing Confidence in Oral Communication: An Interactive Workshop
Monday, February 4, 2019, 3:00 pm to 4:30 pm
Want to experience confidence that is truly felt, express yourself with clarity and conviction? Do you long to be engaging and engaged, curious, open, and persuasive? We will dedicate our interactive time together to these goals. In The Public Eye President Joy Javits will be your coach for this limited-enrollment workshop. More information

Past Workshops

Professional Development Resources for Master's Students

Joy Javits facilitates an elevator pitch workshop for graduate studentsStudents in research master’s programs in The Graduate School can take advantage of many Duke programs and resources to support their career and professional development. Here are some of the top resources of interest to master’s students offered by The Graduate School and campus partners.

  1. The Duke University Career Center is an excellent first stop, particularly for those students who are considering a summer internship. Get started with the Career Center’s guide to internships for new master’s students.
  2. Developing transferable skills such as communication, leadership, and self-awareness can benefit master’s students whether they plan to work or continue their education after graduation. The Graduate School offers a workshop series each semester focused on the needs of master’s students.
  3. In collaboration with the The Graduate School, Thompson Writing Studio offers writing support for graduate students, including individual writing consultations.
  4. The Professional Development Series focuses on transferable skills and the full range of career paths available to master’s- and PhD-prepared professionals.
  5. Teaching Ideas workshops focus on topics relevant to classroom teaching, dealing with students, or faculty life and career paths.
  6. The Emerging Leaders Institute, offered each spring, aims to increase participants’ competencies in communication, leadership, self-awareness, professional adaptability, and interdisciplinary teamwork.
  7. The Professional Development Grant provides up to $2,000 for discipline-specific professional development activities hosted by departments and programs. Proposals are accepted in fall.
  8. Students who will be working closely with a faculty mentor can benefit from the resources of the Cultivating a Culture of Mentoring website.
  9. Improve your LinkedIn profile and connections and access other online resources to continue your professional development 24/7.
  10. Leverage the Duke Alumni Network to find alumni who may be able to help you grow your network and explore career options.
  11. Read about your colleagues’ professional development and contribute a post of your own to the Professional Development Blog.
  12. Keep track of upcoming career and professional development events.



Melissa Bostrom, PhD
Assistant Dean for Graduate Student Professional Development
Duke University Graduate School